Taste Not Waste

Sometimes what’s on your plate doesn’t end up getting eaten – it’s estimated that over a third of the food produced in the US goes to waste. Sometimes, this leads to perfectly good food ending up in a landfill, adding to the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Understanding expiration dates and the safety of dairy foods — and how to use up that last drop or bite — are vital in preventing food waste.

Here are some ways, created by our partner WADairy, to use up those delicious and nutritious dairy products you have in your fridge.


Milk is affordable, accessible, and a one-stop-shop for good nutrition. Each 8-ounce glass provides 13 essential nutrients; the key is to get those nutrients in your body and not down the drain. Discover ways to use the milk in your fridge, including a recipe for Matcha Ginger Green Smoothie, and avoid wasting this nutrient-dense food.

Taste Not Waste – Milk Handout


From breakfast to dessert, cheese is delicious and nutritious!  In addition to being tasty, it’s a fermented food that’s good for immune health; it also helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles. So, to avoid throwing away all that goodness – use the different cheese varieties in your fridge and follow our recipe to whip up this Creamy Kale Gratin, delicious both hot or cold.

Taste Not Waste – Cheese Handout


Yogurt is versatile — in the kitchen and in your body. It’s good for your bones, blood pressure, and immune system plus it’s easy to digest because it’s low in lactose and provides good bacteria. Learn more about yogurt’s versatility in the kitchen and discover a great recipe for making Roasted Acorn Squash with Yogurt and Browned Butter.

Taste Not Waste – Yogurt Handout

Looking for more ways to reduce food waste at home or school?

Visit the EPA website for tips and toolkits designed to help with food waste reduction.